The Brewery (music venue)

Coordinates: 35°47′22″N 78°40′35″W / 35.7895°N 78.6763°W / 35.7895; -78.6763

The Brewery

3009 Hillsborough Street

Raleigh, North Carolina
United States
Location Raleigh, North Carolina

Kenny Hobby (1983-2004)

Tom Taylor (2004-2011)
Type music venue
Seating type Standing
Capacity 300
Opened 1983
Demolished August 2011

The Brewery was a music venue located on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Brewery was opened in 1983 by Kenny Hobby and later reopened in 2004 by Tom Taylor.[1][2] The Brewery had long been a stop for up-and-coming touring acts as well as established acts with a somewhat diminished fan base.[1] In 2011 The Brewery officially closed its doors after 28 years and the building was demolished.



The Brewery played host to bands such as Jane's Addiction, Korn, Sheryl Crow, Hootie and the Blowfish, Butch Walker and Ryan Adams.[3][4] In the 1980s The Brewery was pivotal in the hardcore punk movement[5] and was documented in the 2006 Sony Pictures release American Hardcore. During this time, acts such as Corrosion of Conformity and Black Flag took the stage at The Brewery, often during Sunday afternoon matinees.[6] On May 24, 1990 Phish performed at The Brewery and played their new song Horn from their future album Rift for the first time.[7]


In the 1990s the venue became notable as a launching pad for alternative country artists such as The Backsliders, Whiskeytown, and Kenny Roby of Six String Drag.[5][8][9] Caitlin Cary of Whiskeytown said in an interview that her band Tres Chicas was formed in the bathroom of The Brewery while she and Tonya Lamm consoled Lynn Blakey over a broken heart.[9]


In the early 2000s the venue seemed to be struggling financially and artistically. With a changing music scene The Brewery was struggling to bring in the rising stars that had made the venue successful and the venue eventually closed in early April 2004. A few months later in June 2004 the venue was re-opened by Tom Taylor and The Brewery saw a revival, bringing in groups such as 9th Wonder and The Annuals.[2] During Taylor's years the venue began bringing in many Pop-punk and Emo pop bands such as Cartel, Paramore, Valencia, All Time Low, and Panic! at the Disco.[9][10][11] The venue also became a central venue in the metalcore, post-hardcore, and screamo genres during this time, even becoming a home venue to Alesana, He Is Legend, and other Tragic Hero Records bands.[12][13]

Closing and demolition

In 2011 the plot of land The Brewery stood on was bought by Val Valentine who then gave notice to the venue to vacate as Valentine was not renewing their lease. The Brewery officially closed after its last show on Friday July 29, 2011 even though they had shows booked until November of the same year. Tom Taylor claimed Valentine violated the lease by giving the venue only nine days notice to vacate. Valentine rebutted Taylor's claim by saying that Taylor was given 30 days notice as required by the lease.[2] Taylor said in an interview that Valentine changed the nine days to thirty days after they had already cancelled all their shows.[9] Valentine had been buying the land on the same block as The Brewery for decades and the plot of land The Brewery sat on was the last plot of land on the block which Valentine didn't own.[14] The building was demolished in August 2011.[15]

Valentine teamed up with developer John Kane and in August 2015 they opened Stanhope Student Apartments on the land where The Brewery once stood. The apartment building also houses multiple other businesses including CVS pharmacy, IHOP, and Smoothie King.[16][17]


  1. 1 2 "Bye-bye Brewery". April 7, 2004.
  2. 1 2 3 Lawrence, Jordan (August 3, 2011). "Bye-bye Brewery (Reprise)". Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  3. Wall, John (July 27, 2011). "No more brew from the Brewery". The Technician. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  4. Regan, Bryan. "Remember The Brewery". The American Guide.
  5. 1 2 Mooney, Bill; Herring, Barbara (July 1996). "Localize". CMJ New Music Monthly (35): 62. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  6. Blush, Steven. American Hardcore: A Tribal History. p. 292.
  7. The Phish Companion. Miller Freeman Books. 2000. p. 285.
  8. Coston, Daniel (2013). North Carolina Musicians:Photographs and Conversations. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 85. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  9. 1 2 3 4 "A Eulogy for The Brewery". The State of Things. WUNC (FM). Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  10. Strobel, Dan (August 27, 2007). "Q&A with Will Pugh of Cartel". Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  11. "Hit the Lights / Valencia / All Time Low". 2007.
  12. Reed, Bryan C. (November 6, 2013). "Alesana returns to Raleigh, launches Adelaide Recording Studios".
  13. Campbell, Bennett (June 6, 2007). "Busy Brewery". Independent Weekly.
  14. "Hillsborough Street: Ever-changing". The Technician. July 26, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  15. "Decades-old Raleigh music venue to be torn down". WRAL. July 31, 2011.
  16. "Stanhope Community Amenities". Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  17. "Inside Stanhope: John Kane's new $80 million student housing project on Hillsborough Street". August 7, 2015. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
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